Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Drugs

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Betaseron (interferon beta-1b)

What is Betaseron ?

Betaseron is a drug used in the treatment of multiple sclerosis. It is from a class of drugs known as interferons. In Europe, Betaseron is called Betaferon .

Betaseron (interferon beta-1b) is a recombinant DNA produced synthetic of naturally occurring proteins. It is manufactured by bacterial fermentation of a strain of Escherichia coli that bears a genetically engineered plasmid containing the gene for human interferon.

Interferons are cytokines. Three major classes of interferon have been identified - interferon alpha, interferon beta and interferon gamma.

Interferon alpha and beta form the Type I class of interferons and Interferon gamma is a Type II interferon.

Indicated and approved for use in multiple sclerosis are interferon types, Interferon beta-1a and Interferon beta-1b.

Interferons are species specific. In other words, the effects and results of interferon therapy and animal experimentation is difficult to apply across the human-animal species barriers since the effects they have within any given species are different.

The mechanisms by which Betaseron exerts its actions in multiple sclerosis (MS) are not clearly understood.

Betaseron is administered by subcutaneous injection (injection under the skin) every other day.




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